Shooting investigation underway after business owner shot, robbed

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A shooting investigation is underway in Southwest Miami-Dade after a store owner was shot.

Fifty-five-year-old Silvia Alvarez, who owns S.A.O. Towing at 2950 S.W. 71 Ave., said when he opened the gate to the tow yard, around 5:30 a.m. Monday, there was already a man inside with a gun. Alvarez said the man took off with his valuables before shooting him.

“As soon as he opened the gate, somebody walked outside and shot him,” said the victim’s son, Cristian Alvarez. “Asked him for his chains, his keys and for his wallet.”

The son added that his father suffered gunshot wounds to his back but thinks he will be OK. “It didn’t go in, but it scraped his back.”

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported Alvarez to Kendall Regional hospital. He returned to the crime scene a few hours later to speak to police.

Alvarez was eventually picked up again by paramedics and taken back to the hospital.

His family said they’ve warned him in the past to keep his valuables locked away.

The victim’s son, Cristian Alvarez, said the chains are worth a total of $30,000. “We told him millions of times not to wear his chains, that he was gonna get robbed for them.”

According to Miami-Dade Police, the robbery took place after 5:30 a.m. and confirmed the son’s recount but added that a struggle ensued after the robber demanded the victim’s belongings.

Investigators were not able to confirm the amount of money stolen.

Police said the robber was wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants and a stocking that covered his face.

Officials have yet to confirm the victim’s condition, but a heavy police presence remains on the scene.

Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.

If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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